Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.


Recently I asked the question  “Do you have a teachable heart?” Today’s question “How do you handle correction?”

“To learn, you must want to be taught. To refuse reproof is stupid.” (Proverbs 12:11 TLB)

When someone addresses an area of concern, do you become defensive? We ought to be able to talk with someone about something they have done and the impact it has on us without fearing anger in return. It isn’t easy to be on either end of this type of conversation but how we handle it does reveal much about our character.

There are two types of people that Proverbs 9 addresses.

“If you reason with an arrogant cynic, you’ll get slapped in the face; confront bad behavior and get a kick in the shins. So don’t waste your time on a scoffer; all you’ll get for your pains is abuse. But if you correct those who care about life, that’s different—they’ll love you for it! Save your breath for the wise—they’ll be wiser for it; tell good people what you know—they’ll profit from it.” MSG

“Reprove a wise man and he will love you.” (verse 8)

When I am faced with a situation that requires correction I pray, seek advice, write it out, sleep on it, pray again, reread what I wrote, use the delete button, seek advice again. Then I hit send. I now have a record of what I said. There is no he said, she said because it is there in writing.

Sometimes writing it is not an option. Just remember you can’t take back the spoken word. Pray that you will operate in the spirit and not in your flesh.

When I am on the receiving end – when someone brings a correction to me – how I respond is a reflection of who I am. I want to be a wise person. I make the choice to own my behavior – apologize if that is what my behavior calls for. I want to learn, to grow in compassion, and to receive correction with a teachable heart. All that said, it isn’t easy but God is right there to help me (you) respond in a godly way.

Let’s show what it means to have Jesus living inside of us – loving through us.

Teach me Your ways, O Lord (Psalm 25:4)

til next time

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March 6, 2018 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

there’s gonna be trouble

Here it is another day.   How’s your soul? (Will, mind, emotions) Are you off to a good start or do you find yourself weary? Jesus addresses this in Matthew 11 (28-30)

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (NLT)

I have a friend who insists that bad luck comes in threes. I don’t believe in bad luck. Bad things happen but that should come as no surprise when we are told over and over again things like ‘count it all joy when you face trials’ James 1:2 – ‘in the world you will have trouble….’ John 16:33 — ‘rejoice always, again I say rejoice’ Phil 4:4 –‘even though the going is rough’ 1 Peter 1:6 — ‘endure hardship’ 2 Tim 2:3 — what we suffer now’ Romans 8:18 ….

When life starts to press in on you and things seem to go from bad to worse, remember what Jesus says to you. “Come to me!” Make the time. Open your bible and read what He has to say to you. Sit quietly before Him and allow His gentleness to permeate you. Cast your cares on Him. (1 Peter 5:6-7) Let His peace wash over you. (Phil 4:4-7) Let Him give you rest.

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Rest in Jesus

til next time

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February 20, 2018 Posted by | life lessons, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what motivates you?

What are you feeding on? Are you driven to have the latest, greatest, best _________(fill in the blank)? Are you feeding on what you don’t have? Is it gossip that you graze on? There is an old saying – ‘garbage in means garbage out.’ Let’s feed on the faithfulness of our God.

This comes down to trust.


“Trust in the Lord and do good
Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness
Delight yourself also in the Lord and
He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass.”
Psalm 37:3-5

Notice that trust is mentioned twice in these verses. Trust is vital to walking in faith and victory. When we have settled in our mind that we trust God, then whatever happens – we know that God will work it out. (Romans 8:28) He is for us! He is with us! He is more than enough.

Are our actions good? Many times, in the Bible, we are told to ‘do good.’ Yes, our actions do matter.


Delight in and commit yourself to God. This should be an ongoing process in our lives.  Today, let’s reaffirm our commitment to give God our all.

til next time

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February 18, 2018 Posted by | life lessons, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

let go!

Don’t lose sight of what is truly important in life. Sometimes the hustle and bustle can be overwhelming. When/if that happens, take some time to be still reminding yourself that He is God.

One of my favorite verses (I have many) is Psalm 46:10.

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!.” (NKJV)

The NASB puts it this way:

“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

One more translation – GW

“Let go of your concerns!
Then you will know that I am God.
I rule the nations.
I rule the earth.”

Be still, cease striving, let go — pretty direct message. How is it that we can do that? Because God is who He says He is – He is in control. He is the creator and sustainer of life. He holds all things together. He is the God of hope. He loves us. He is for us!


One of the things I enjoy is to sit with a cup of coffee, dim lights and music playing.   I can just breath in the calmness and the joy of the love of God in my life. The busier the days get the more often you can find me with my cup of coffee basking in God’s goodness. I hope that you take time each day to be still and know that He is God.

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til next time

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February 11, 2018 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


As a child, I can remember my daddy telling me to guard my thoughts.  What I dwell on will show up in what I do.   Then there was the saying “garbage in – garbage out”  that holds great truth.

What do you dwell on?

Colossians 3:16
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Let the Word of Christ richly dwell in you — memorization, reading, meditating are three great ways to accomplish this.

The next part has to do with one another – teaching and admonishing (warn) – This is one reason to go to church. Often I hear people say “Pastor was speaking right to me” or “How did he know?” God uses the message to speak to each of us in different ways. We need each other.

It also is a great reminder to talk about the things of God when you get together with friends.

Singing with thankfulness – another great reason to go to church. God inhabits the praises His people. There is something powerful about gathering together to praise. However, worship and thankfulness should also be a regular part of every day. Is there a song in your heart today?

Here is mine (at the moment – it changes often)
“I love You Lord and I left my voice to worship You – Oh my soul rejoice. Take joy my King in what You hear. May it be a sweet sweet sound in Your ear.”


praising Jesus as I go through my day — what about you?

til next time

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January 23, 2018 Posted by | life lessons, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

cease striving? seriously?

Sometimes it is necessary to pause, take a deep breath, maybe even close your eyes, and say “God, I believe You are greater. You are with me right here, right now. I Trust You!”

“Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.” pain 46:10 (NLT)

Be still – cease striving – let go – relax

We all face challenges. Life can seem to get out of control. What we do then – matters. Do we let our flesh (our feelings) take over? Or do we crucify those feelings and allow the Spirit to lead us into truth? Do we pick up our Bible?

I do believe that God will either calm the storm or if the storm is going to continue to rage – He will calm His child. It is in times like these that our faith deepens and our trust grows as we rely on Him.

“Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:38-40 (NASB)

I am going to stand right here in the middle of this moment and believe God!! Sometimes I can be in such a “fix it” mode that I just need to stand still and let God’s peace flood my heart. Let go and let God!

If you are worrying, stressing, afraid, weary…. Pause and remind yourself that God has you in the palm of His hand, He loves you, He is for you, He is working all things out, He holds you together, and you are His!

til next time

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January 12, 2018 Posted by | life lessons, living in a fish bowl, pastor, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

want peace?

No matter what is going on in our world or in our personal life, God is still God and His promises are true. He is for us, with us and making all things work together for good.

“The Lord rules over the floodwaters.
The Lord reigns as king forever.    The Lord gives his people strength.
The Lord blesses them with peace.” Psalm 29:10-11 (NLT)

God is with us through the ‘floodwaters’ of our lives. It is His strength that will see us through. As we trust Him, no matter what is going on, His peace is ours.

However, here are things we do that will negatively impact our peace.
…take our eyes off of Jesus
…dwell on the negative
…use our words to tear down
…believing lies – “nothing will ever change” “I can’t deal with this” “I am all alone” “no one cares” — all of these are lies that increase our stress level and shove peace out the door
…other things that affect our peace would be lack of sleep
…being too busy
…avoiding things
…choices we make…
Yes, we have responsibility when it comes to peace.

“Then keep your tongue from speaking evil
and your lips from telling lies!

Turn away from evil and do good.
Search for peace, and work to maintain it.” Psalm 34:13-15 (NLT)

Here are things we can do to keep ourselves in peace.
…before you start your day talk to God
…remind yourself that you trust God
…be grateful
…pray every time you start to ‘feel’ stress coming on
…use your words to speak of your faith, hope and trust in God
…sing praises
…smile (Proverbs 31:25) my daddy always told me that I might as well smile if I had to do something cuz it would just make it better)
…dig deeper into the Word of God
…contact a friend who you know will lift you up
…get yourself to church — We need each other.

Jesus tells us in John 14:27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (NLT)

Make the choice today that you believe what the word says and you trust God even when things seem bad.

Faith goes beyond what we see.

God is not limited. Our God is greater!

til next time

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January 11, 2018 Posted by | life lessons, pastor, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christmas is coming….

Here it is the day before the day before Christmas. For some, by this point, exhaustion has set in. In addition to your normal full schedule, you have added decorating, a list of people to shop for, cards to send, treats to make, parties to go to, and a host of holiday commitments.
All these things are good. I want to do it all! Yet, it can cause weariness to set in if I’m not careful.
Jesus says to us “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
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Sadly, when our schedule gets overloaded – spending time with Jesus can get squeezed out of our day. It isn’t like it is an intentional thing but nonetheless it can so easily happen. Then is it any wonder we find ourselves overwhelmed?
I encourage you to be adamant about spending quiet time with God. If your days are filled like mine – it may be the only quiet time you get each day but it will be enough. Jesus is more than enough.
Another thing you can give yourself and others is the gift of laying down expectations. My mother would make 20 different Christmas treats (some years more than that) and her house always looked great. I can’t live up to that expectation of myself. Laying that down was very liberating.
Also, look for the good in others and extend to people grace. This is good advice for any last minute Christmas shopping.
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3 John 2 (NIV) How’s your soul? Maybe spending time with Jesus right now is what you truly need.
til next time
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December 23, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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


“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