Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

what kind of example are you?

Whether we like it or not, people see what we do.  People watch us to see if this Jesus thing is for real.  We are examples.

When it comes to Christianity, age is not an excuse to live sloppy.

“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12 (NLT)

Be an example in your:
Word — “If Jesus were standing right there would you be embarrassed? By the way, Jesus is right there.” Pastor Curt

Love – They will know we are Jesus’ disciples by our love

Attitude – you can say all the right words but still have an attitude problem

Faith – our belief in God. Let your faith be visible!

Purity – The world does not set the standard. God does!

It is true that you may be the only Bible someone is reading. Let’s be examples that inspire others to want to know God.

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til next time

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November 19, 2017 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, 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

does it describe you?

Be strong and courageous, fearless and enthusiastic!

“For if you carefully obey the rules and regulations that he gave to Israel through Moses, you will prosper. Be strong and courageous, fearless and enthusiastic!”

We know that Christ fulfilled the law and we are now under grace. What does the New Testament have to say about how we live? Here are a just a few verses to check out 1 John 5:2-4, Mark 12:29-31, Romans 13:14, Eph 4:23-25, Eph 6:10-12, Col 3:11-15.

Be strong and courageous, fearless and enthusiastic!

Does that describe you?

There are times when it would describe me but not as many times as I would like. Therefore, I am excited about what memorizing this verse will do for my day to day thinking. As a man thinks, so he is. (Proverbs 23:7)

There are many if/then scriptures. I do  want to prosper. (Don’t get tripped up on that word. Remember success looks a bit different under God’s measuring stick.)

What we do matters. Let’s be careful to give attention to what the Word says about how we are called to live and let’s be Strong and Courageous, Fearless and Enthusiastic!!!

Selah

til next time

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October 13, 2017 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

in my… God is….

I trust God.  Do you?

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Selah,

til next time

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October 9, 2017 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

remember

“Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,” Psalm 105:5 NIV

Sometimes I just need to stop and remind myself of who God is. Sadly sometimes I get wrapped up in my own situation and my own limitations that, for a moment, my focus shifts from God of the possible to Gloria of the impossible. Really that is what worry and frustration is all about — forgetting, for that moment, that God is greater and nothing takes Him by surprise ever!

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I am a team player but not everyone is — I need to be reminded to love in those moments when someone is doing their own thing and what they are doing affects me in a challenging way. God will give wisdom to know how to handle it in a way that does not cause frustration.

God is all powerful. He is Creator of the heavens and earth. (Gen 1:1)

Did you see the eclipse? I put on a welders helmet and looked up into the sky. Why put on the welders helmet? I wanted to protect my eyes.

Proverbs 7:2-3  also talks about protecting our eyes.

“Obey my commands and live!
Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes.
Tie them on your fingers as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.”  Proverbs 7:2-3 (NLT)

Maybe that is the reminder you need today – to obey is better than sacrifice. (1 Samuel 15:22) Do you have God’s instructions written deep within your heart? Take a moment right now and determine that you will meditate and work on memorizing scripture.   Proverbs 7:2-3 would be a great place to start.

Selah,

til next time

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October 7, 2017 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

golden rule – easier said than done

Recently I was reminded again of The Golden Rule. I found myself thinking, well, should I handle this toward them the way they handled it toward me? Ok, so I admit that wasn’t the right response.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

It doesn’t say do unto others and then they will do the same to you. Sometimes this saddens me.

Recognizing my first response wasn’t Christ-like, I did respond in a godly way. To God be the glory.

The Message Bible states it pretty plain.

“Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that. If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that. If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that’s charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that.” Luke 6:31-34 (MSG)

Selah

til next time

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October 4, 2017 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , | Leave a comment

you are loved

Wednesday is coming to a close. Where did you see God in your day?

I saw Him in the twinkle in a sweet ladies eyes as she talked with me. I felt His love for me as I talked with Him about the needs of people that I care deeply for. Driving in the car, I marveled at the bright blue sky and the fluffy clouds and thought how marvelous the heavens are.

“The heavens declare His righteousness,
And all the peoples have seen His glory.” Psalm 97:6 (NASB)

I felt His compassion as person after person shared hurts and struggles. (Today I wore my chaplain hat.)

I sensed His love again during worship tonight. This has been a week of some wonderful things that have happened. Oh, how He loves me. It has also been a week of some deeply painful things that have happened. Oh, how He loves me. See whatever is happening doesn’t change how very much God loves us. (And to think it is only Wednesday)

Recently after a Bible Study was over, eight of us gathered around and prayed with a young lady who was struggling and doubting the love of God.  After a time of prayer, we began to sing ‘Yes, Jesus loves me’ and it was as if the place were filled with people singing with us. It made me want to sing louder. It made me want to shout it from the mountains!!

JESUS LOVES YOU!

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Selah,

til next time

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September 27, 2017 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

another day

Another day begins.  What will bring?  How will I handle it?  When the day is done, will I look back on it and wish I had done things different?  I hope not.  That is why I purpose in my heart to see the good, do good, and trust God.

God is good!
All the time!
And all the time
God is good!

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“This is the day which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 NASB)

“But I trust in your unfailing love.
I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
I will sing to the Lord
because he is good to me.” Psalm 13:5-6 NLT)

“For God called you to do good,
even if it means suffering,
just as Christ suffered for you.
He is your example,
and you must follow in his steps.” (1 Peter 2:21 NLT)

“My suffering was good for me,
for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees.
Your instructions are more valuable to me
than millions in gold and silver. ( Psalm 119:71-72 NLT)

“I will tell of the Lord’s unfailing love.
I will praise the Lord for all he has done…” (Isaiah 63:7 NLT)

What are you going to do with your day? I am going to look for the good and give God thanks. I choose to rejoice and trust – knowing that He is in control. I need not worry for He is working in those difficult circumstances.  I choose to follow Jesus.

God is good!

 

til next time

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May 30, 2017 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

rule follower / rule breaker?

Rules — Some people think rules don’t apply to them.  Some people are bent on being rule breakers.  Other people recognize the need for rules. 
There are rules to playing games, driving a car, sitting in a library, taking tests….. everywhere I look there are rules. Now when it comes to some things – playing dominoes for example, the rules may differ widely from one group to the next. So it is important to set the rules up before playing that first game.
 
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Some rules we can change. Other rules we cannot change. I can remember getting kicked out of the library as a teenager because I wasn’t following the rules. At the time I thought it was a stupid rule. (I was in a conference room designed to be a place to talk, so why couldn’t I talk?) Consequences can help us to abide by rules in the future. The librarian set and enforced the rules. I learned to abide by those rules.
 
Our country has many rules. Sadly, I don’t get to set the speed limit. I read where Montana, at one time, did not have a daytime speed limit. Just because I obey the speed limit doesn’t mean I don’t want to go fast. Obeying the laws – even the ‘stupid’ ones, unless it clearly goes against God’s Word (Acts 5:29) is what we are called to do. (Titus 3:1) It is a tall order, but God is right there ready to help us.
 
God also sets up some rules for living an abundant, fruitful life. When God says “thou shall or thou shall not,” He isn’t trying to cramp our style. Rather He is leading us down a path of peace, strength, joy, and victory. He has our best interests in mind. He is for us. (Psalm 118:6)
 
Thankfully God offers grace, mercy and forgiveness to us as we strive to follow Him. Applying God’s Word to our day-to-day living is a lifelong process.
 
Following Jesus!
til next time
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May 26, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

reflection

“You may be the only Bible some will ever read.”
“People are drawn to you and then to Christ.”
Some days all I can say is, “Oy!”
I make mistakes. You do too. Life isn’t about the mistake as much as it is about what you do with the mistake.
Do you run from the mistake or do you own up to it? Do you learn from the mistake or do you keep repeating it? Do you seek truth or choose denial? Do you ask God to help you to make choices that are pleasing to Him?
People watch us. People see how we handle life. People see through phony. What are we showing them?
Do I demonstrate the overcoming power of God in my life? Does His love shine through? Do I point others to Christ by the choices and actions I take?
“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.” 1 Peter 3:15 (NLT)
Be ready!
I want to be a reflection of Christ.  Just as the moon reflects the suns rays, I want to reflect the love, joy, peace and hope I have in Christ.
Let them see You in me!
til next time
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April 6, 2017 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment