Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

count it all joy – 5

Count it all joy – step 5
 
James talks about counting it all joy when we face all sorts of trials. The testing of our faith produces faith muscles – patience and endurance. (James 1:2-4) How do we count it all joy?
 
 
I believe that we find the answer in James 4:7-8
Step one – Submit to God (11/20/19 post)
Step two – Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (11/21/19 post)
Step three – Draw near to God (11/22/19)
Often people will stop here but there is more.
 
Step four – Cleanse your hands (yesterday’s post)
Step five – Purify your heart
 
Purify your heart – this has to do with your inner life. Be sincere. Seek to please God. 1 Peter (1:22) tells us we accomplish this by obedience to God’s truth.
 
 
“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24 NLT
 
 
counting it ALL joy,
til next time
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November 24, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

count it all joy – 2

Count it all joy – step 2
James talks about counting it all joy when we face all sorts of trials. The testing of our faith produces faith muscles – patience and endurance. (James 1:2-4) How do we do that?
 
 
I believe that we find the answer in James 4:7-8
Step one – Submit to God (yesterday’s post)
Step two – Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
 
Resist – withstand the action of
 
Jesus tells us in John 10:10 the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. That is the devil’s action. Don’t get in agreement with him by believing his lies. Don’t go there.
 
When we submit to God and resist the devil, he will flee. When we are not entertaining the lies of the devil, we can ‘count it all joy’ because our joy is found in Christ. Jesus is the way, truth and the life. (John 14:6)
 
Tests are the things testimonies are made of.
 
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November 21, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

yes, you have a choice

We (my husband and I) are four weeks into post-op.  To say it has been a challenge is an understatement.  Neither of us had any real idea of what to expect.  Oh, I had expectations alright.  Reality is nothing like my expectations.

Looking back over the past four weeks, there is one thing that keeps popping up. I would find myself overwhelmed and God would lovingly, ever so gently pick me up and calm my anxiety. (This was very evident when I was driving in the foothills of Tennessee – on back roads that were narrow and not marked.)

I had a choice. We always have a choice.

I could wallow in self-pity. I could embrace the anxiety and carry it with me like a blanket. I could give in, clinch my fists and shut down. OR I could cry out to God. I could choose to believe what I know to be true and not what I was currently ‘feeling.” I could, with open arms, receive God’s grace and strength for each moment.

Psalm 61:1-4 NLT
“O God, listen to my cry!
Hear my prayer!
From the ends of the earth,
I cry to you for help
when my heart is overwhelmed.
Lead me to the towering rock of safety,
for you are my safe refuge,
a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.
Let me live forever in your sanctuary,
safe beneath the shelter of your wings!”

What are you facing today? What ‘enemies’ are trying to overtake you today? (Fear? Doubt? Frustration? Financial? Relationships? Work? School?…)

Will you choose to receive from God the strength and grace that He offers? Will you choose to trust Him today?

God is for you, with you, and making a way. (Psalm 118:6, Matt 28:20, Isaiah 43:19)

Til next time

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October 29, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, 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?

love

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

my focus needs focus

When life gives you lemons – make lemonade.
Life is like a bowl of cherries — be aware of the pits.
A rose bush also has thorns.
 
You can focus on the problem or you can focus on the One who is greater than the problem.
 
“Look, God is all-powerful. Who is a teacher like him?” Job 36:22NLT
 
That call from the Dr.’s office, that unexpected repair, that letter of cancellation, that relationship that is strained, whatever it is that the enemy of our soul is attaching a flashing red light to — you don’t have to give in to the fear or frustration.
 
Instead, pick up your Bible and allow God’s Word to refresh and guide you. There are numerous scriptures on trusting God. Do a scripture search on trust. Read all of them, or at least read until you once again sense that assurance that God is greater and you do indeed trust Him.
 
“Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus.” PHil 4:6-7 NKJV
understand
There are things we just won’t understand. We can waste so much time and energy and still not have an answer. Instead, trust God. Give it to God. Let His peace fill your heart even when you don’t understand.
til next time
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August 15, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a 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

eyes wide open

Numbers 6:24-26 (NLT) is often used as a blessing at the end of a church service. I will use it as a prayer for someone that I know is going through a difficult time. it is my prayer for you today.

‘May the Lord bless you
and protect you.
May the Lord smile on you
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you his favor
and give you his peace.’

May today find you noticing the blessings of God. Blessings are all around us. He is with us and He will make a way where there may seem to be no way. (Isaiah 43:19)

We don’t have to look far to see how gracious God is to us. His grace (getting what we don’t deserve) and His mercy (not getting what we deserve) are examples of His great love for us.

Favor and peace – Thank you God! He is working all things out for our good. (Romans 8:28) He is able to do more than we can even begin to imagine. (Eph 3:20) His grace is enough. (2 Cor 12:9)

Throughout the day stop, look up and thank Him for the big and the small things. It is also good for us to remember that He blesses us to be a blessing to others. (Gen 12:2) Let your light shine. Let them see Jesus in you. How about looking for ways to be generous.

May God bless you today and may we not forget that it is God.

til next time

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April 25, 2019 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

leaving nothing undone

Holy Week!
Good Friday!

There is the:
judgment
crowd demands
whipping – beating
crown of thorns
mocking
face slapping
cross carrying
crucifixion
dividing of his clothes

So many aspects that we could zero in on. I want to look this year at the witnesses.

“but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.” John 19:25-27 ESV

My dad died when I was 17. It was shortly thereafter when the roles started to reverse and I found myself looking out for my mom. I wanted to protect her and spare her anymore pain.

At one point during my college years I had decided that I would leave at the end of the year and move back home to be with her. She was slowly fading away from loneliness. God did an amazing thing. Before the school year was over, my mom was engaged to be married to a local church man whose wife had passed away. I stayed in college and the rest is history.

There is Jesus on the cross and his mother is right there. He can’t spare her the pain but He can see to her future.

I can’t begin to understand how Mary felt. I am sure there was much that she hung on to – treasured about her son. (Luke 2:19 and 2:51)

Let’s take some time today to remember the price that was paid for each of us, the love that kept Him on the cross, and the freedom that we have in Christ.

Oh How He Loves Us!

til next time

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April 19, 2019 Posted by | bible story, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

betrayal

Holy Week
The Lord’s Supper

It wasn’t just any ordinary meal.

It is here that Jesus speaks of the upcoming betrayal.

“And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” Mark 14:18 ESV

Jesus understands betrayal.

Jesus knew who it was and yet did not treat him in such a way so that others knew. (Mark 14:19 “They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?”)

Truly this wasn’t an ordinary meal. This one would be remembered through the ages.

“And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” Luke 22:19-20 ESV
(For additional reading – 1 Corinthians 11:23-30)

With a heart filled with gratitude!
til next time

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April 18, 2019 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment