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?

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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

lifetime

Recent events  have many pondering their own life and the time that they have — which is called our lifetime! We make decisions every day that impact our lives and those around us.  Only God knows how much time we have left.

Psalm 39:4-5 (NLT)

“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
Remind me that my days are numbered—
how fleeting my life is.

You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.
My entire lifetime is just a moment to you;
at best, each of us is but a breath.”

Lifetime — what really matters?

Am I committed for a time or for my whole lifetime?

Is my worship of God evident in my life or just during public worship?

Do I pray only out of desperation or is prayer, like breathing, a necessary part of my life?

Do I serve out of obligation or out of willingness?

Do I obey or make excuses?

Do I love God with my whole heart or just moments here and there?

What about people? How do I treat those who rub me the wrong way? Do they know I love and care about them?

Lifetime — it is made up of little and big choices that we make each and every day.

verse 7 sums it up for me —

“And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?
My only hope is in you.”

til next time

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November 22, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , | Leave a comment

whatever

TODAY!!!
Whatever comes my way today – God is with me.

Nothing comes as a surprise to Him.

He calls me to trust Him – to let my faith arise.

battle

“By faith—by believing God—we know that the world and the stars—in fact, all things—were made at God’s command; and that they were all made from things that can’t be seen. ” Hebrews 11:3 (TLB)

After all, God created the heavens and the earth, He holds it all together, He has me engraved on the palm of His hand. AND that battle I am in, well, I won’t forget that it is His battle and I are His. (Gen 1:1, Col 1:17, Isaiah 49:16, 2 Chron 20:15, Psalm 110:3)

Whatever it is that is coming at us – God is greater!

Say this with me:

–That person that is trying to make my life difficult — God says that Vengeance is His – He will repay. (Romans 12:19)

–The health issues that I face — God says to trust Him. He is my healer and His grace is sufficient.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, Exodus 15:26, 2 Cor 12:9)

–That job related issue that is bringing me stress – God says to cast my cares on Him. (1 Peter 5:7)

–That thing that is trying to bring anxiety – God says His comforts gives me renewed hope. (Psalm 94:19)

—-When my paycheck is reduced, I trust God — God says He is my provider. I will lack no good thing. (Psalm 34:10)

“Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.

Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.”
Psalm 100:2-4 (NLT)

til next time

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November 21, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Just.Do.It!

Recently I was asked how do we take the Gospel outside the walls of the church. To me this isn’t something that needs much discussion. Just do it!

As you leave our church building you walk under a sign that says  — “You Are Now Entering Your Mission Field”

Jesus tells us in Mark 16:15 “Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all.”

As you go about your day to day life, God wants to use you to reach those that come across your path. Pray for opportunities to share the good news and then share it. (Colossians 4:3) Let your light shine. (Matthew 5:16) Brighten up your corner of the world. Be intentional about sharing the hope that you have. Make the most of opportunities that come your way. (Colossians 4:5) Go! Wherever you are – talk about the hope that you have in God. Talk about the difference He makes in your life. (Hebrews 6:19)

Personally, I believe we can spend way too much time talking about how to reach out and end up with very little time actually doing it. Intentions do not get the job done. Talking about doing it isn’t doing it. Jesus didn’t tell the disciples to form a committee. He told each one to Go!

Be ready to share what God has/is doing in your life. Be aware that some difficult things happen so that you will have an opportunity to share. (Luke 21:13 It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.)

I encourage you today – Go into your world and share Jesus!

Selah

til next time

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November 20, 2017 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | 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.

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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

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.

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“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

can’t sleep?

Sometimes sleep seems to elude me.  Situations can appear larger at night. This may be because the day is filled with activity and distractions.  I have found that if I give myself some processing time during the day, then my brain is not so insistent about processing at bed time.

As the day comes to a close, here are a few verses to think about as you drift off to sleep.

Psalm 63:5-7Amplified Bible (AMP)

“5. My soul [my life, my very self] is satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth offers praises [to You] with joyful lips.

6. When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate and thoughtfully focus on You in the night watches,

7. For You have been my help,
And in the shadow of Your wings [where I am always protected] I sing for joy.”

 

The best thing I have found, when sleep seems distant, is to focus on Jesus, to cast all my cares on Him, and to make the decision to not try to figure it out. Faith means there will be unanswered questions. Trust means that’s ok.

Read verse 6 again. Maybe tonight it would be good for you to meditate on who Jesus is.

I often drift off to sleep in the middle of talking with God. I’ve been known to do that to people also. The difference is God lets me sleep. My friends – not so much.

One final thought – we can sing for joy because we know God is right there with us.

Selah!

til next time

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November 17, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

put on love

Life is short. People will remember how you made them feel.

“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” Col 3:14-15 (ESV)

Are you wearing love?

Things that can make a difference both for the person receiving and the person giving:
Be kind
Do more than the minimum
Compliment someone – sure maybe you don’t like that particular outfit but there are so many ways to compliment someone and thereby encourage them.
Go out of your way to help
Smile
See the good
Own up to your choices and don’t look to pass blame
Be intentional about allowing God to flow through you
Hug someone or give a firm handshake
Pray with someone
Don’t show favoritism

Sometimes the hardest people to love, need love the most.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:43-45 (ESV)
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”

Life is short. People will remember how you made them feel.

Selah

til next time

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November 16, 2017 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

i was made for this

I love to watch the trees as the wind blows. Trees are doing what they are designed to do. I wonder, are we doing what we are designed to do?

“Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.” Psalm 46:1-2 (ESV)

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thess 5:16-18 (ESV)

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Selah,

til next time

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November 15, 2017 Posted by | Pastor's wife, 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