Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

instead of asking why?

Picking up where I left off yesterday.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NASB)

I know that God will use this event, circumstance, trial, test to make me more like Jesus. – to make you more like Jesus.

Nothing in my life, in your life, is wasted. No effort, no pain, no anxiety, no tears, no discouragement is ever lost in some garbage heap somewhere.

Out of ashes, God will bring beauty. (Isaiah 61:1)

Instead of asking Why? Ask What?

What do you want me to learn as a result of this?

What do you want me to do as a result of this?

What do you want me to become/change as a result of this?

Making me more like His Son will take a lifetime. I may not understand or appreciate all that the Master Potter does to transform my life – this lump of clay. (Isaiah 64:8) It may be painful or confusing at times but I know His intent. He’s already told me and that makes all the difference. (V 29 to be conformed to the likeness of His Son.)

We are the work of His hand!

He will work all things out for our good. He is for us!

God said it. I believe it.

til next time

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March 24, 2020 Posted by | life lessons, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

touching the hem

Something unusual happened this past Sunday.  (warning -a longer post than my normal.)

It was Communion Sunday.

Let me back up a bit to set the stage.  Saturday night was our last night at our satellite location as key worship people will be relocating and they were done at the end of February.   I fully expected God to raise up or send in their replacements.

I felt led to start praying last November for a worship team. ( I was filling in on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturday)   Unbeknownst to me, it was around Thanksgiving that our key people began the journey that would eventually lead them to South Carolina.

I fully expected God to fill the holes.  When I had to pick up those Saturdays a couple years ago, I just knew God was going to bring in someone to take over when the time came.

The time came and He didn’t.

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So Saturday night, after our last service,  we loaded up two vans and a pick-up with all of the gear that is needed to have church there.

We unloaded at the parent church and I could tell I was pushing it.  Thankfully we did have some great help unloading and they came with yummy food.  The best part of the night was sitting around  the table, after all was said and done, eating and chatting with dear friends.

Sunday morning  I was a hurting unit.  I have been on a moderate dose of prednisone since last March for polymyalgia rheumatic.   (I also have inflammation in my  airway.)  The RA doctor has been weening me off the steroid.  It is too much for too long.  However,  the lower the dose, the higher the pain seems to go.  At this rate it will be September before I am done with steroids.   Then what?

I woke Sunday hurting both physically and mentally.  I was a mess.  Over and over again I have told myself that I am not going to let my health define me.  I am going to let God work through me.

I lead worship at two services every Sunday morning and on a “new normal – good” morning it can be challenging.  There was little good about this morning.   I managed to get to church, get set up and as is the case – in my weakness, God came through with strength.  Over and over again I can testify to the scripture found in 2 Cor 12:10.

As we are about to take communion (first service) – I am thinking about the blood.  I told Jesus that if I could – I would most certainly find a way to touch the hem of His garment.  Could this be the moment that something changes?  I believe in healing.  Could this remembrance be the moment You touch me?  Oh the blood of Jesus.

I don’t know why I had that conversation with Him – other than I was hurting so badly.

Then it happened.  The pain lifted.  I’m sitting there and my shoulders/chest/legs, hips, arms, and wrists begin to feel  lighter.  My heart rate dropped back to normal.  Later, I was able to go downstairs as a normal person who has no pain.

I wondered if the ringing had stopped also.  (Later I would find out that it hasn’t.) God’s grace is still enough.

I am ever so grateful.  I don’t know what all has taken place.  I still have some slight  stiffness but nothing like what it was.   I want to try eating popcorn to see if the diverticular disease is gone also.   What I know is God touched me right there, right during communion.

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I can’t really explain it.  I feel lighter – which is down right funny because Monday morning I hit an all time high on the scale.  Prednisone has truly messed with my eating and emotions.    It is a nasty drug.  Yet, I will praise the Lord.  I will give Him thanks, because no matter what happens, He is worthy of my praise.

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til next time

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March 3, 2020 Posted by | life lessons, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

change -love it, hate it, ignore it, embrace it

Change — love it, hate it, ignore it, embrace it….. Life is filled with change.
“This one thing remains, Your love never fails, never gives up, never runs out on me.” Jesus Culture
 
 
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 ESV
 
“For I the Lord do not change…” Malachi 3:6
 
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1 ESV
 
26 times in Psalm 136 it states “for his steadfast love endures forever.” One time per verse. Read it again – “His steadfast love endures forever.” It is not dependent on anything you do or don’t do. He loves you!
 
Whatever changes are up ahead, God’s steadfast love endures forever. He sees you. He loves you. He calls you His own. He is working ALL things out for your good. (Romans 8:28)
 
Some changes are easy to embrace and get excited over. Other changes, the desire to ignore and live in denial is prevalent. Some changes seem to have success written all over them. Other changes seem to have failure attached to them. (see https://ggirod.wordpress.com/2020/02/10/success-failure/ for more on success and failure)
 
Don’t let situations rob you of your hope and trust in God. He tells us what success truly is — being a good and faithful servant. (Matthew 25) Leave the results in His hands.
 
 
In closing – Lamentations 3:21-23 (ESV)
 
“But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
 
til next time
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February 12, 2020 Posted by | life lessons, living in a fish bowl, pastor, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

choose to make the most of it

christmas

This year I put up less than ¼ of my Christmas decorations. I didn’t make a single Christmas treat. (That has not happened since I started baking with my mom as a young child.) There were no Christmas rehearsals at church this year – no choir – no production. I even missed one Wednesday night Bible study.  I hear Fred showed up.  Maybe I will meet him one day.

However, what I have not missed is the joy that this season is all about. I have spent much time with a cup of coffee and the Christmas lights twinkling in the background as I meditated on how much Jesus loves me.  His grace is enough.

Whether my healing comes this side of heaven or it doesn’t, whether circumstances change or they don’t – the fact that God loves me, truly loves me is enough. There is so much to be thankful for and I hate it when I waste moments with a negative attitude.

My prayer is that God get the glory. No matter what is going on, may God be praised in how I handle it.

I’m gonna fight the good fight of faith. I am not going to let health issues or circumstances define me or stop me.  My God is greater. (1 John 4:4) My God is able. (Psalm 138:8) His grace is enough. (2 Cor 12:9) To God be the glory. (1 Cor 10:31)

This Christmas season is a little different in our household in the sense of festivities.  We are grateful for Chris, Kim and Carter spending it with us.  We miss Andrew and Lisa as they are celebrating with her family.   I’m heading to our Christmas morning service where we will celebrate with our church family.  We are blessed.

In what is truly important – we’ve nailed that!   It’s all about loving Jesus and loving people.

christmas quote

til next time

 

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December 25, 2019 Posted by | life lessons, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

loving life part 10

I love my life.

Jesus came to give us life abundant. (John 10:10) He didn’t die so we would be miserable.

What I want others to see is the love and the strength that comes from being a Christ follower. The fruit of the spirit – love, joy and peace are the first three listed. Who doesn’t want that?

I love my job. Some days are really difficult but I love my job. Some days I would like to quit but God…. Some people are really hurtful but I still love people.

God is my strength. He rises up within me. He fills me again and again with the desire to live on purpose with purpose.

Loving your life is not synonymous with my life is great all the time. Loving your life means you are making a choice that you are going to enjoy today. You are going to lay the hard things at the feet of Jesus and say “Here it is, I’m trusting you with this mess.”

Loving your life is all about your focus. You take the good things and thank God. He makes the good things so much better. You take the not so good things and still thank God. He makes the difficult things bearable. His peace is greater.

I love my life. Yes, sometimes I have to remind myself that it is my choice.

til next time

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September 28, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

loving life part 9

I love my life.

Jesus came to give us life abundant. (John 10:10) He didn’t die so we would be miserable.

What will today hold? I know what is on the schedule for today but I do not know how it will play out. God does. Trusting God means just that trusting Him. I can enjoy today because God has me in the palm of His hand. He loves me. He loves you.

It doesn’t matter what happens today. I am still responsible for my actions, reactions, attitude, and words. My attitude plays a huge part in whether or not I will love my life.

It is so much easier to love your life when you meditate on scripture.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14.

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8 ESV

Guess what? Love wins!

Love wins. When I love the life Jesus died for, when I see obstacles as opportunities for Christ to shine through, when I let love guide me – I can truly say I love my life.

til next time

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September 27, 2019 Posted by | life lessons, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

loving life part 8

I love my life.   (loving life part 7)

Jesus came to give us life abundant. (John 10:10) He didn’t die so we would be miserable.

I love my life. This is not synonymous with “My Life Is Easy.”

I love my job does not mean my job is a cake walk.

There are times that I have told my husband that I don’t know anyone who has pushed through something like this. I’m not sure I can or that I want to. (an example: my mother died on a Friday. We managed, by the grace of God, to get to her bed side before she died. It was the longest 6 hour drive. We met with the funeral home that next day and then headed home for services on Sunday. We got home very late. I played piano and led worship that next morning. Who does that?) Yet God’s grace is enough.

There are hard times but guess what? This is no surprise to God. In the world you will have tribulations. In the world it is going to really stink at times.

Jesus said – “be of good cheer” – be – we choose.

I love my life. I refuse to let the devil win. I refuse to wallow in “I don’t like this, this is too much, this hurts, I can’t do this…..” I am not going to go there.

I love my life. You can love your life too.

 

psalm 143 8

til next time

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September 26, 2019 Posted by | life lessons, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

loving life part 6

I love my life (Part 6)

Jesus came to give us life abundant. (John 10:10) He didn’t die so we would be miserable.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 ESV

Part of loving your life is living a life of love.

I’m going to love. I’m just going to love. The hatred is melting. The enemy is losing. I am going to love.

I’m not going to stop talking about my Jesus because He is my joy. He is what makes the difference in my life. He gives me peace. He is the answer as to how I can love a person who is ugly to me.

Recently, I had prayer with a woman who wanted nothing to do with God a couple years ago. Now, we hold hands and pray.

Love wins.

There is a person who has been horrible to me. Recently he told me that he was only kidding. It is a step in the right direction because there was a time when this person was not kidding.

Love wins!

When you love your life – it shows. Do people see in you – Jesus?

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til next time

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September 24, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

truth

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32
 
The ultimate truth is found in John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life – no one comes to the Father except through me.”
 
Jesus dwells in our heart by faith (Ephesians 3:17) and shines a spotlight on areas that need attention.
 
When we are in the truth about our hang ups, we are a position to be freed from them. Walking in the truth is a life long process. However, if we refuse to get in the truth or if we play the blame game – we stay stuck.
 
So much drama would be avoided if people took a long hard look at their own actions and acknowledged their role in the drama.
 
Years ago I prayed a simple, yet life changing prayer. (I pray it often, especially when I know I will be in a difficult situation.)
“Lord, help me to not say or do anything today that I will need to apologize for later.”
 
It makes me very aware of my behavior. Sure there are times I fail miserably. It is then that living in the truth causes me to own up to my actions/words. Owning up to it helps me next time to be more careful.
 
Let’s walk in truth!
til next time
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June 26, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

meditation anyone?

Do you find yourself going over and over something?  Then you know how to meditate.  The importance is what you are going over and over.
We can rehash a bad experience and that takes us to a negative place.  We can dwell on something that made us angry.  That is a great way to stay angry.
As a christian we are told to meditate on God’s Word.
Let’s do that today.  Wherever you find yourself, take some time to meditate on God’s Word.
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Are you feeling stressed?
“do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7 ESV
Are you tired?
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matt 11:28-30 ESV
Are you overwhelmed?
“From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2 NKJV
Do you need to be reminded that God loves you?
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 KJV
Does life seem out of control?
“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promisesand faithful in all he does.
The Lord upholds all who falland lifts up all who are bowed down.” Psalm 145:13-14 NIV
Here is what I am meditating on today?
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;his mercies never come to an end;they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentation 3:22-23 ESV
What are you meditating on today?
til next time
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June 20, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment