Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

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?

psalm 19 1 a

Selah,

til next time

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

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.

1 TIM 4 12

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

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.

isaiah 1 18

“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

which road?

Do you find yourself at a cross roads? Maybe it is job related. It could be options concerning health issues. As in this picture, maybe you have multiple choices. Which one?

 

 

crossroads

 

Proverbs reminds us to trust in God. Sometimes life just doesn’t make sense. Let your trust in God arise!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.

Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)

God is able to do more than we can imagine. (Eph 3:20) A life that is committed to Him is able to recognize that even when things look bleak, God is up to something good. God is not limited by those obstacles that we tend to think limit us.

Obstacles are in fact opportunities for God to be glorified, to shine through us, and to help us grow in our faith.

Seek Him in all — there is that word again – all – all you do. It isn’t just the ‘big’ things that we are to seek His will in.

Maybe that is where the problem lies. Do we try to do the day to day things without His guidance? I am a firm believer that we have an enemy who is seeking to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10) BUT we have a good Shepherd who has come to give us life and life abundantly!

God’s greater! He will show you which path to take.

Seek Him!

til next time

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November 14, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

how do you deal with people?

People – unless you are a hermit, you will deal with people. God’s Word has much to say about how we interact with people. Today we will look at two verses.

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”
Ephesians 4:31-32 (NASB)

“tender-hearted” – what it isn’t- The opposite of tender-hearted is hard-hearted.

Hard-hearted is:
being unteachable and always right
using your words to tear down
comparing your wrongs against someone else and thinking “theirs is worse”
seeming to be on the defense often
needing to control
focusing on the faults of others while minimizing your own faults
waiting for the other person to apologize
thinking your needs are more important
refusing to forgive or refusing to ask for forgiveness
playing the blame game
holding a grudge
demanding others change…

“tender-hearted” what it is–

To have a tender heart is to:
love people – not just the loveable ones
invest in others
focus on how Jesus would handle it
be teachable
love
give
see the good in others
forgive
walk in love
be empathetic
be kind
love….

If your life looks more like the first list, please take time to talk with God and ask Him to forgive you and help you to develop a tender heart. He will.

Today I challenge you to let your tender heart shine through. I truly believe God’s love softens hard hearts and God uses us to reveal His love.

 

Til next time,

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November 13, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | 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?
psalm 71 14
 
“But as for me, I will hope continually,
And will praise You yet more and more.” Psalm 71:14 (NASB)
til next time
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October 31, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, 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.

til next time

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October 25, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

sometimes I need a reminder

Today just seemed like a day to remember a few important truths so I am posting this list that I put together awhile back.

Take a moment and read each of these out loud.

My God is for me Psalm 118:6
God will make a way Isa. 43:16, 19
Nothing is impossible Luke 1:37
His grace is enough 2 Cor 12:9
He will do more than I ask or think Eph 3:20
He works wonders Psalm 77:14
He gives beauty for ashes Isa 61:3
He will never leave me Heb 13:5, Deut 31:8
He sustains me Psalm 55:22
He takes pleasure in me Psalm 149:4
He is the same yesterday, today and forever Heb 13:8
He holds me up Psalm 63:8
He is an ever-present help Psalm 46:1
He fights for me Ex 14:14
Nothing is too difficult Jer 32:17
Greater is He 1 John 4:4
He lifts my head Psalm 3:3
He works things out Romans 8:28
He rejoices over me Zeph 3:16-17
He is able Psalm 138:8
In my weakness, He is strong 2 Cor 12:9

I am strong and courageous, fearless and enthusiastic. (1 Chron 22:13)

I say Yes, Lord!!

Selah,

til next time

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October 14, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

what moves you?

Some thoughts as the day winds down.

How is your compassion meter doing this week?

We see that Jesus was moved with compassion. (Mark 1:41 and 6:34)

What moves you to action?

Let’s be people who listen, help, encourage, and comfort those who come across our path. Let’s be intentional about letting others see Christ in us. Sometimes just acknowledging that you are sorry they are dealing with whatever it is can go farther than you think. You may not understand but you can still extend empathy.

 

What a wonderful God we have—he is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. And why does he do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us. 5 You can be sure that the more we undergo sufferings for Christ, the more he will shower us with his comfort and encouragement. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5Living Bible (TLB)

Selah
til next time

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October 11, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment