Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

even if

I was listening to “Even If” by MercyMe and my thoughts went to the 3 Hebrew children in Daniel 3.

16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

God is able and He will deliver but Even If He doesn’t….

Even if He doesn’t — He is worthy to be trusted. He is worthy to be praised. He is God! His ways/thoughts are so much higher than what we can comprehend. (Isaiah 55:9)

Notice what they said to the king before this. “We do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.” I have learned that lesson also. The Lord is my defense. (Psalm 118:14) I do not need to defend my actions when I am walking in obedience to His Word.  You do not need to defend your actions when you are walking in obedience to His Word.

 

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My hope is You, Lord.

It is well with my soul

til next time

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February 14, 2018 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God – the giver of joy

My thoughts turn to joy yet again tonight.

I am grateful that joy is not dependent on things going as planned, things working out, or even whether or not I “feel” joy. Joy comes from a decision I make that I will choose joy. I will trust in God who is greater than whatever is going on. I will stay in hope. Hope that says God will turn this, whatever this is, around for my good – for my kid’s good. (Romans 8:28)

As another  day comes to a close, my thoughts go to those who have faced disappointment and/or pain recently.  Some days are just plain hard.  Still in the midst of every day,  God is still God and He is good. We can still choose joy.

In fact, choosing joy in the midst of difficulty is one of the most powerful things you can do. Choosing to hold on to God when life takes a turn that you didn’t see coming or when that mountain looms largely in front of you is in fact recognizing that God is indeed the giver of joy.

“Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”Nehemiah 8:10

Remember that in choosing joy, you also choose to spend time with the Father.

“You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” Psalm 16:11

Lacking joy?  take a look at how much time you are spending in His presence — laying down the distractions and just being with Him.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

selah,

til next time

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February 13, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, pastor, 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

what do i pray?

Let’s look at one more prayer of Paul’s  (click here to read another post on Paul’s prayer)

Philippians 1:9-11(NASB)
“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”

Growing in love – this impacts our soul (will mind emotions) How is your soul? Will – mind – emotions??

Paul is praying that their love will flourish – is your love flourishing? The impact on our soul, (will mind emotions) when our love is thriving, is tremendous.

Part of our love flourishing/thriving is
*use your head –
*growing in knowledge and understanding – this is a common theme of Paul’s prayer – strong passion – misdirected zeal/intensity without knowledge can do more harm than good.
*learn to love appropriately
*love isn’t synonymous with yes
*be Sincere – people can spot a fake

Prayer: “Father, may people see You in us this day. May our love for You be evident in the choices we make. Help us to love those You put in our path. Give us understanding. Open our eyes that we may see the opportunities You have for us to be Your hand extended. Help us to grow in the knowledge of Your will that we would walk in obedience. Thank you for strengthening us and enabling us to walk in victory. We give you the glory, recognizing that without You we can do nothing but with You we are overcomers. Thank you!”

til next time

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February 8, 2018 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

let’s be like Jonathon

In 1 Samuel 23 we find Saul is after David to kill him.

Then an interesting thing happens.

“Jonathan went to find David and encouraged him to stay strong in his faith in God.” 1 Samuel 23:16 (NLT)

I appreciate the people in my life who seek me out to encourage me. We need each other.

So tonight as another full day comes to a close, I want to encourage you to stay strong in your faith. Keep your feet firmly planted on Christ the Solid Rock. Take up your shield of faith.

Pay attention to where you thoughts take you. Walk in the truth. The truth is God loves you. God is for you. God is with you. God will help you! God brings beauty out of ashes and He will make a way for you.

Lastly, I also want to challenge you to find someone to encourage. If you are married, your mate could certainly benefit from some encouraging words.

The tongue can bring death or life;
    those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” Proverbs 18:21 NLT

 

In a world where negativity abounds and looking out for number one seems to be a priority — an encouraging word carries even more weight.

We can all be a Jonathon.

til next time

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February 7, 2018 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

4 powerful words

“I’m praying for you.”  Four powerful words.

Sometimes I find myself at a loss for how to pray. The Bible is a great help here. Of course we have the Lord’s Prayer when they asked Jesus to teach them to pray. (Matt 6:9-13)

Also, when Paul would write that he was praying, he would include the things he was praying for them. We can pray those things too.

(See Colossians 1:9-12 in the comment section)

Pray for each other / for your children / for yourself – asking God for:
*wise minds,
*live well,
*make the Father proud,
*that the fruit of the spirit would be evident in our lives (love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control)
*that we would increase in our knowledge of God –

How do we do increase in our knowledge of God? Learn how God operates by reading His word, listening to sermons, discussing the Word and then applying it to our lives.

philemon 6

 

Oh that our faith would keep showing up and that people would recognize Christ in what we do, in who we are. That Christ would shine brightly through us! Let’s pray that for each other!

til next time

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February 7, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

thankful heart – even in difficult days

Today I found myself giving God thanks for so many things. I even found myself thanking Him for the challenges that I am facing as I have come to realize that those challenges are opportunities for God to do amazing things in my circumstances. (Romans 8:28)

Psalm 136 has a lot to say about giving God thanks.  Here are just a few of the things listed.

Give thanks:

  • He is good (1)
  • He alone does miracles (4)
  • He made the sun, moon, and stars (7-9)
  • He parted the Red Sea (13)
  • He led Israel safely through and drowned Pharaoh and his army He will do the same for us.  (14-15)
  • He led them through the wilderness – again He does the same for us (16)
  • He remembers that we our weak (23)  He is strong!
  • He provides for us (25)
  • His Love Endures Forever!!!

 

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How about taking some time right now to give God thanks!
til next time
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January 25, 2018 Posted by | pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

my take on Psalm 23

My take on Psalm 23 as this day comes to a close. What a day it has been. To God be the glory!

God is indeed my shepherd. I have all that I need. I have the energy I need to do what He puts in front of me. I have His strength to tackle the difficult things. I have more than enough.

He leads me. His peace quiets my heart. When I start to wonder “how?” His calm assurance washes over me.

He is with me in the sunless valley. “When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.” Micah 7:8 He is all that I need.

My enemies — they will see Your goodness and how You bless my life. Even when I can’t see it, I know that my cup does indeed run over. You are more than enough.

Your love goes with me everywhere. Gratitude wells up within me and Your praises are on my lips.

 

psalm 23

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January 24, 2018 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, sermon notes, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

thoughts

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

don’t wait — start today…..

  • Today:
  • Make the choice to believe God
  • to stand on His Word
  • to apply that Word to your life.

“This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

Choose joy! Choose peace! When we decide that our joy and peace are not dependent on our circumstances but instead upon God and what He says — what a difference that makes.

Don’t wait until you ‘feel’ like being glad. Chances are you will keep looking at your circumstances and sometimes there isn’t anything glad about them.

But God!

But God is greater than your circumstances. But God is for you. But God is with you. But God will make a way where there seems to be no way.

You can choose to be glad because you know what God’s Word says. He is who He says He is.

Awhile back I was walking in the woods and the trees were swaying and the leaves were rustling. It was beautiful. The trees were doing exactly what they were created to do.

What about you? Are you doing what you were created to do?

 

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  • Today is a new day:
  • Choose to say Yes to God!
  • Choose Joy!
  • Choose Peace!
  • Choose Love!
  • Choose God!

til next time

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January 22, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment