Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

i didn’t sow this!

God knows just what we need. God knows what will get our thoughts back on the right track. God knows how to encourage us. But, if we just let His Word sit unopened – we can miss it. When we take time to connect with God, He speaks into our hearts.

Each morning my husband and I try to take time to have devotions and pray together. I say try because it doesn’t always happen.

I told my husband that there are things I am reaping that I did not sow – that he did not sow. That can be rather hard to swallow.

We read from the devotional – Jesus Today.  It prints the scripture verses. Here is one of them.

“Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Cor 13:11 (NKJV)

Here is an excerpt from Sarah Young
“…I want your character to reflect Me more and more. So endeavor to be loving and peaceful in your relationships with other people. When someone irritates or upsets you, try to see Me in that person. Remember that I created everyone in My own image. The most effective way to love people is to allow My Love to flow through you to them. My Spirit lives inside you, and you can ask Him to love others through you…..make every effort to live close to Me, the God of Love and Peace.”

I trust you can see how God spoke to my heart about the situation that is not right. We laid the wrong at Jesus feet in prayer and left it there. It’s His issue now and I refuse to dwell on it.

Drawing closer to God and loving the people who come across my path today! How about you?

til next time

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March 26, 2018 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

evil/good?

What does this verse mean to you?

psalm 34 14a

“Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14

How will this play out in your life today?

When the opportunity to do good comes your way – will you do it? When you have the option of responding in a way that is peaceful or responding in a way that is harsh – which will you choose? Will you resort to sarcasm or will your words encourage? What is your tone like?

Turn from evil — are we people of integrity? Sadly sometimes our actions reveal us embracing evil. I have had people try to justify all sorts of things. If I have to make an excuse about my behavior – chances are something isn’t right. What I need to do is seek God’s forgiveness and help.

“Lord, help me today to do good. Help me to choose to let Your peace shine through my life. Show me how i can bring Your peace into stressful situations. May the words of my mouth and what I think on today be pleasing in Your sight. You, O Lord are my Rock and my Redeemer. May others see You working through me today.” (Psalm 19:14)”

walking in peace,

til next time

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March 24, 2018 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God’s timing

I woke this morning reminding myself that I can and do trust God’s timing. Waiting can be so hard. Jealousy (as you see someone else enjoying the very promise you are waiting on) tries to plant itself in my heart. When that doesn’t work then sadness seeks to overtake me with thoughts like ‘it’s never gonna happen” or “how much longer can I hold on?” When that doesn’t work then thoughts of what I can do to speed up the process flash across my brain.

No! No! A thousand times no!

God told Abram that he would have a son. (“but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” Genesis 15:4) And then the waiting process began.

Waiting, waiting, and more waiting but nothing was happening. Then Sarah got this idea in her head. She took matters into her own hands and came up with a solution. The promised child would come through her hand-maiden. (Genesis 16)

However, Ishmael was not the child God had promised. What a mess Sarah had made of her impatience and lack of trust. Genesis 16:12 calls Ishmael a wild man. There was a price to pay for Sarah’s impatience. A good example of how our choices can impact others.

It can be easy to fall into the same trap as Sarah. When we do our own thing instead of waiting on God, we also get a mess. Consequences of that mess can follow us the rest of our lives.

Trust, hold on, stay firm, endure – knowing that God is not on vacation but very much active in what is going on in our lives. His timing is always right on.

Are you waiting for something? Don’t lose heart, resist jealousy and/or sadness, and make the choice to follow God.

While I am waiting, I will serve and trust God,

til next time

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March 23, 2018 Posted by | bible story, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

give me Jesus

Wrong side of the bed?

Are you crabby this morning? Maybe a little owlie or grouchy? Some could even say you got up on the wrong side of the bed.

I have found a sure fire way to start my day off right. Before I get out of bed, I start my conversation with God. Yes, it is just that simple.

“But as for me, I will sing about your power.
Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.
For you have been my refuge,
a place of safety when I am in distress.” Psalm 59:16 (NLT)

Sometimes I’m awake long before I have to get up. As I am talking with God, I may fall back asleep. That is not a bad thing.

“The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.” Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT)

“Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning,
for I am trusting you.
Show me where to walk,
for I give myself to you.” Psalm 143:8 (NLT)

It’s not too late. Take a few moments right now to connect with God. It will change your day..

psalm 92

Starting with Jesus,

til next time

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March 22, 2018 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

surgeon’s scalpel

God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.” Hebrews 4:12-13 (MSG)

Recently I went under a surgeon’s scalpel. A piece was removed that had been causing me trouble. Getting to it was more of a challenge than even the doctor had anticipated. At one point I reminded him that I had people praying.

God’s Word cuts through everything. It cuts through hatred, going through the motions, blame game, complacency, and lukewarmness. The Word will slice open excuses, doubts and false justification. Maybe this is why some Christians don’t pick up the Word and read it. They have missed the point though. God wants us to be free from things that would hinder us.

I could have refused the surgery. I could have ignored it. It still would have been there causing me trouble. When God’s Word reveals something to me, I can refuse to do anything about it. I can ignore it. I can come up with some excuse but none of that will change the fact that it needs to be dealt with. Instead, I say – Yes, God.

We come to God just as we are and then He steps in and helps us be all we were intended to be.

Let’s be people who listen and obey.

til next time

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March 20, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

waiting 2 of 7

“O Lord, from the depths of despair I cry for your help: … I wait expectantly, trusting God to help, for he has promised..” Psalm 130:1,5 TLB

Sometimes the waiting is long because the work that is being done in me requires it. Waiting causes me to face my fears. Waiting helps me see my great need of Christ. I am nothing without Him. (John 15:5)

If I could have gotten myself out of the pit, I would have. My efforts alone bring about more frustration and misery. I learn the benefit of endurance while I wait. (Colossians 1:11)

Waiting expectantly….. We go from faith to faith, glory to glory, grace upon grace and strength upon strength. (Romans 1:17, John 1:16 2 Cor 3:18 Psalm 84:7)

I have come to see that waiting is truly a great gift God gives to me. (Isaiah 40:31) While I wait for the answer, the solution – my faith, hope and trust just grow deeper.

Keeping my eyes on Jesus, (Hebrews 12:2)

til next time

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March 12, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

decorated with love

“And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love;” Eph 3:17 (TLB)

Our home is decorated with the love of others. The room I am currently in has two pieces of furniture from Curt’s grandpa, two pieces of furniture from my grandma, a desk from my sister, a chair from a couple we mentored, a computer from a dear friend, and numerous knick knacks and wall hangings from people who love us. Yes, I am surrounded by the love of others.

When Jesus comes into our lives, He brings love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control to decorate our lives. (Gal 5:22-23) Are we displaying them for all to see?

When He dwells within us, our lives are changed. “…what counts is whether we really have been changed into new and different people.” Gal 6:14

Our house has siding on it and shingles on the roof. The Bible addresses what are ‘siding’ and ‘roof’ should look like. “…putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” (1 Thess 5:8) Does your ‘siding’ or ‘roof’ need some attention?

Often my house is in need of cleaning. It is the same in our lives. David understood this. “Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)

Yes, our home is decorated with the love of others but more importantly my life, your life, is decorated with the love of Jesus. May He feel at home in our lives!

Jesus, You are welcome in each room of my heart!

til next time

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March 8, 2018 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

how’s your soul?

How’s your soul? (will, mind, emotions)
My morning started out a little rough. I have a pinched nerve in my neck that I thought was gone. Sadly the medicine was only masking the pain – not fixing it.

Did you know that you can change your day by changing your attitude?

My attitude was heading south. There are a ‘million’ things I could focus on concerning my health and the way I am feeling BUT I want to enjoy this day. There are no do overs. So as with anything in my life – I took it to God.

Maybe you need to pray this prayer with me.

“Good morning God. This is the day You have made and I am wanting to choose to rejoice in it. In order to do that I need Your help. Help me to not fixate on the pain, the ‘now what’, or the ‘how’, but to keep my eyes on You. You are good! You love me and You are working all things out for my good. Yes, even this pain. Help me to see beyond myself, to see the opportunities You have for me today. I can do what you set before me this day because You are with me. I choose hope! I choose You, Jesus! (Psalm 118:24, 46:1, 2 Cor 10:5, Heb 12:2, Rom 8:28, Col 4:5, Phil 4:13)

I also looked to God’s word to speak to my heart. If you haven’t read Ephesian 3 lately, I encourage you to read it.

My take on a few of the verses:
V6. God’s plan is that we belong to Him
V7. it is a privilege to serve God
V14 because of Jesus and our faith in Him, we can come to God boldly and confidently. We don’t have to have it all together or say the right things but we come just as we are.
V14-15 there is something special about kneeling before God – surrendering to the Creator of everything
V16 is my verse to hold on to today!
V17 trusting Christ (in the good and the bad, health and pain) sinks our roots deep in God’s love and that keeps us strong – I want that!
V18 God’s love – nothing greater (wide, long, high, deep) Makes me want to break out into song “Oh, how He loves us so. Oh how He loves us.”
V19 we don’t just know of His love, we experience His love
V20 God gets the glory! He is able to do more than we can even imagine

Yes, I am now ready to face the day as a mighty child of God.
What about you?

til next time

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March 7, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

shine

Today, let them see You in me.

Today, let me walk in Your love.

Today, shine through me!

love

God’s Love Wins!

til next time

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February 26, 2018 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , | Leave a comment

got love?

Some people have clearly forgotten what Jesus says in John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

David was familiar with the pain of a relationship that he thought was solid but wasn’t.

“Even my best friend, the one I always told everything
—he ate meals at my house all the time!—
has bitten my hand.” Psalm 41:9 (MSG)

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It is painful when someone you thought had your back – doesn’t. Oh how I wish the Golden Rule said that people WILL treat you the way you treat them. But it doesn’t. (Matthew 7:12) How we treat others is a reflection of our relationship with Jesus. Jesus says to love. I do believe that the deeper we fall in love with Jesus – the greater our love for mankind will be. “For God so loved…..”

But what about this person who has bitten my hand?

First I pray about it and ask God to guide me and to heal my broken heart. Then I ask Him to deal with that person. (Romans 12:19) There are times when I must step back and put some distance there. Healthy boundaries are a part of taking care of myself. God gives us wisdom to know what to do and strength to do it. The key is that in whatever we are doing – let’s remember to let God’s love guide us.

“Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love—but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor 13:13

How’s your love walk?

til next time

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February 25, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment