Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

Micah 6:8

Recently the question the question was asked,  “What does God require of us?”

A few of the answers were:

Love God

Love your neighbor

Do good, and

Be humble

Obedience

My mind went to Micah 6:8 “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.”  (KJV)

Do justly.
Love Mercy.
Walk humbly with God.

micah 6 8

How do we live that out in our day to day happenings?

Selah  (Pause and think on this)

til next time

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October 8, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, 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

who is Jesus?

Who do you say Jesus is?

“For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”  Colossians 1:19-20 (ESV)

Jesus was both fully God and fully man. How can this be? This is one of those things that falls under the heading The Infinite God.

There are things that go beyond my finite ability to understand. If you or I could understand all the aspects of God, then just how small would He have to be?

Instead there are things we just have to go on by faith. Our God is greater!  God is all-knowing and all-powerful!

There is one way to be reconciled to God. Contrary to some popular beliefs – all paths do not lead to God and heaven. If that were the case then Jesus death was not needed.

 

“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”  John 14:6(NLT)

Jesus brought peace to us. Ephesians 2:13-15

Grateful for the cross!

cross

Selah,

til next time

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October 6, 2017 Posted by | pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

today — you choose

THURSDAY!

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

God gives us this day – we choose how we will handle it. I choose joy. Not all days are great but, there is good in every day! I chose to see the good, give God praise and to trust Him in all things – good and bad.

T – Truthful
H -Helpful
U – Upright
R – Respect
S – Sparkle
D – Dream
A – Adventurous
Y – Yes, Lord

Father, help me to be Truthful and Upright in my dealings with people. May I make the most of opportunities to be Helpful. May I show Respect for others and see people thru Your eyes. May You Sparkle thru me. Give me God-sized Dreams and an Adventurous heart as I say “Yes Lord” to whatever You ask. Amen

” Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle?
Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
He who walks uprightly,
And works righteousness,
And speaks the truth in his heart;
He who does not backbite with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;” Palm 15:1-3 (NKJV)

Selah

til next time

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October 5, 2017 Posted by | 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

trouble – peace?

I scrolled facebook this afternoon and once again noticed that there many who are facing some pretty big issues. Sadly there are those who leave God out of the solution.

When my peace is lacking, I can trace it back to a lack of rejoicing on my part, or my gentleness has been replaced with harshness, or I am entertaining worry, or I am ungrateful at that moment or I probably haven’t prayed about it, or I have allowed my thoughts to become negative. Sometimes all of the above are evident. All of these things do seem to go together.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:4-8 (NIV)

Want peace? God’s Word gives us instructions.

 

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Selah,

til next time

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October 3, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

rules?

Some people think rules don’t apply to them. I am sure you have met some of those people. However, it will catch up with them sooner or later. Truth is God sees. God knows. You can’t get away with it when it comes to God.

Jesus tells us:

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,” John 14:15-16

A Helper – the Holy Spirit — this is such a relief. We don’t have to do it on our own. The Holy Spirit is with us – helping us.

This also takes away our excuse that we just can’t help it, or that’s just the way we are. No, we are able to change because the Holy Spirit helps us to change and to grow. We are over-comers! We are victorious!

“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” 1 John 5:2-4 (NASB)

What are these commandments?

“And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31

All that God’s Word asks of us comes down to living out these two commandments.

 

psalm 40 8

Selah,

til next time

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October 2, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

campfire

Recently I have had the privilege to sit around a few campfires. A couple verses come to mind.

heb 12 28 29

“a bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he brings justice to victory;
and in his name the Gentiles will hope.” Matthew 12:20:21 (ESV)

So much encouragement in those two verses. When it seems that struggles and difficulties have dimmed our flame, we can rest in the knowledge that God will bring about justice. There will be victory. We have hope. There is always reason to hope. God is still God. He is mighty to save.

 

Another verse that comes to mind is:

“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29 (ESV)

A kingdom that cannot be shaken! What is it that you offer to God? Worship? Reverence? Awe?

Selah,

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October 1, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

but i intend…..

We judge ourselves by our intentions, yet judge others by their actions.

Today I want to look at just that first part. It can be so easy to fall into this trap. “Well, I intend to ….” And yet never do it. (Example – I intend to read my Bible. I intend to grow in my relationship with God.) However, because we intend to do it, we are numb to the conviction to actually do it.

How well does it go over with you when your child doesn’t do what he/she was told and their explanation is – I’m gonna do it?

Delayed obedience is still disobedience.

Disobedience has consequences. Sometimes our intentions end up making us soft on sin. Sin, if not dealt with, will take us farther than we ever thought we would go, keep us longer than we ever wanted to stay, and cost us more than we ever thought possible.

charles spurgeon

What is God speaking to you about today? What intention do you need to follow through on?

Selah.

til next time

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September 30, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

stop, look up, and give thanks

‘Take 2 aspirin and call me in the morning.’
‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.’
I grew up hearing sayings like these.

Here is a saying that is way more important and timeless.

‘It is good to stop, look up and say thank you! It is good to do this often.’

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2 (ESV)

Give thanks not just when things are going right. Even when things seem to be falling apart, we can be thankful that God is with us. He is at work in us and in the situations we face.

In those hard times, it is good to remember who God is and that we are His. It is good to cultivate a heart of thanksgiving.

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.” Psalm 9:1-2 (ESV)

Psalm 28:7
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” Psalm 28:7 (ESV)

‘It is good to stop, look up and say thank you! It is good to do this often.’

Selah,

til next time

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September 29, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment